Renders depict Lumia 650 as premium mid-ranger for business

The launch of Windows 10 Mobile hasn’t yet brought us a big new lineup of smartphones, and Microsoft introduced the platform along with just a handful: the Lumia 950 and 950 XL on the higher end, and the Lumia 550 as a budget option. We were once rumored to see a number of additional handsets join those, but shifting priorities at Microsoft may mean that most of those other phones never see the light of day. Still, rumors have persisted that there could be hope for some of these models yet, and we’ve recently found ourselves talking about possible plans for the handset codenamed Saana, believed to be in line to emerge as the Lumia 650. Now a new source gives us our best look yet for how this project may come together, with the creation of some independent renders based on internal Microsoft leaks.

With a five-inch 720p display, 1GB of RAM, and what information now points to being a Snapdragon 212 SoC, the Lumia 650 should unsurprisingly have much more in common with the Lumia 550 than the new 950 models. Still, specs like a 8MP/5MP camera pair make it clear that this is slightly more premium hardware than the 550 offers – and that premium designation feels reflected in the handset’s aesthetics, depicted here in an elegant metal-edged design.

Microsoft is supposedly interested in positioning the Lumia 650 as an affordable Windows 10 Mobile option for business users, and while we haven’t heard much solid about pricing just yet, we could be getting that info in the quite near future.

At least, while the Lumia 650 is likely to sit CES out, there’s a solid chance Microsoft may be planning to introduce the smartphone in or around MWC in late February – just about two months away. That kind of launch schedule would mesh with rumors of April in-store availability. So far Cricket has been named as one carrier who could be planning to sell the 650, though we’re likely to hear of others as we get close to spring.

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Source: Windows Central

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